James Baird State Park is situated on farmland once owned by James Baird, a contractor and engineer whose firm constructed the Lincoln Memorial. In 1939 James Baird donated the 590 acres of land to New York State under the stipulation that it be known as James Baird State Park. Work began on the park and golf course in 1940. Construction continued intermittently during World War II and the James Baird State Park Golf Course was officially opened in 1948. Nationally renowned golf architect, Robert Trent Jones designed a scenic, fairly flat 18-hole golf course on this large tract of farmland in Pleasant Valley. To golfers' delight, the par 5, 13th hole is one of the most challenging in the Hudson Valley. In addition to the golf course, the park now also boasts a driving range, pro shop, clubhouse and a snack bar at the 1st and 10th holes. A full service restaurant, Eagles Nest Catering, overlooks the golf course and is open to both golfers and the general public.
James Baird State Park has much to offer. There are spacious open and wooded picnic areas and two picnic pavilions which can accommodate up to 300 people each by reservation. There is also a sports complex where visitors enjoy playing basketball, softball, tennis and volleyball. Additionally there is a playground and a nature center. Open summer weekends, the nature center loans recreational equipment and offers nature programs.Outdoor enthusiasts will find the seven miles of scenic wooded trails ideal for hiking in the warm months and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the wintertime.
Household pets only; caged or on a leash not more than 10 feet. Pets are not permitted in buildings, picnic areas or on golf course.
Hours of Operation
- Park is open daily, sunrise to sunset. There is no vehicle use fee to enter the park.
Reservations and permits are required for groups of 50 or more people and groups arriving by bus.
- Day Use Activities - Seasonal:
Playground, tennis courts, volleyball, basketball courts, playing fields, nature center, nature walks, walking/jogging, biking, XC skiing, sledding, in-line skating, geocaching.
- Food Service: Eagles Nest Catering. Open year-round.
Eagle's Nest Restaurant at James Baird Park - casual dining serving American cuisine.
Dine either inside in our rustic pub or outside on our enclosed veranda overlooking the golf course. Join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner served daily. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays-Sunday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Catering for all occasions - no party too big or small - let us host your golf outing, birthday party, wedding or shower! Free wi-fi Come and meet your friends at the "Nest" - open daily - call (845) 471-8050. See the menu.
- Golf course: Open from 4/1-12/15 (weather permitting)
6 am - sunset, daily. Last ticket sold 1 hr. before sunset.
Reservations can be made for weekend and holiday play by calling the reservation line up to 10 days in advance.
For golf reservations, call (845)473-6200.
- Picnicking: Available year-round.
Picnic Pavilion: Seasonal rental available.
Comments: Full Shelter rental only.
Fees & Rates
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
- Cart Fees
- 18 Holes - $26
9 Holes - $14
18 Hole Twilight after 5 pm - $20
9 Hole Twilight after 4 pm - $10
Single rider 18 Holes - $18
- Driving Range
- $5 - Small bucket; $8 - Large bucket
- Golf - Greens fees
- WE/holidays: 18 holes - $29; 9 holes - $18
Weekday: 18 holes - $25; 9 holes $16
Weekday Sr./Jr. & Juniors after 2 pm on Weekends: 18 holes - $20; 9 holes - $12
- Hand Carts
- $2 - 9 holes
$3 - 18 holes
- Links cards (10 rounds of golf)
- $235 weekends; $200 weekdays
- Shelter 1: Mon-Thurs - $100 / Fri, Sat & Sun - $200
Shelter 2: Mon-Thurs - $150 / Fri, Sat & Sun - $300